Meet Our Guides
Our Full-Time Staff
Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.
2019 Guide Team
As we near the start of our 2019 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.
Join Our Team
Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!
Mark & Sarah Anderson
President / CEO
Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.
Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.
Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.
Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.
Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.
Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.
Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.
Assistant Program Director
Josh Kerby grew up in Colorado Springs where he gained a passion for the outdoors through Boy Scouts. He always knew he wanted to work in the outdoors, but never thought he would do wilderness ministry. Josh joined the team at Journey Quest for the 2014 season as a summer guide. He worked as a summer guide until the end of the 2016 season when he joined the full-time staff at Journey Quest. Josh has a passion for sharing with youth and adults about the power of the gospel through wilderness ministry. He loves seeing lives changed as they explore the beautiful creation of God’s handy work.
Josh is joining the team as the Assistant Program Director and Staff Coordinator. He will be overseeing the multi-day trips, backcountry activities, staff recruitment and care, as well as the Journey Quest social media and blogs.
Josh is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys being outside in God’s breathtaking creation with friends and family. He attended Pike Peak Community College where he received certificates in Winter Field Studies and Mountain Field Studies. He is also a Wilderness First Responder and a certified river guide and trip leader. Some of his favorite activities are backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, skiing, and hiking. Josh has always had a passion for cooking and love to explore new recipes and share them with others. When he is not outside or cooking, you will find him playing board games, card games, and enjoying the company of the people around him.
Tim grew up in Menifee, California where he gained a passion for the outdoors while trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. He sensed God calling him to ministry while working maintenance for his home church in 2014. During the summer of 2015, Tim and a few friends traveled to Colorado for a rafting trip with Journey Quest. During that time, Tim felt a tug on his heart to join the ministry of Journey Quest. In 2016, Tim picked up his life in California and moved to Colorado. Tim is passionate about seeing lives change for the kingdom of God. He loves seeing individuals seek God in the creation the Lord has given us.
Tim is joining the team as the Operations Director. He will be overseeing building and vehicle maintenance, gear repair, and anything else that might need fixing.
Tim is in love with mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing. He attended Colorado Mountain College where he earned degrees in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Education. When not out in the mountains, playing on the river, or fixing something, Tim enjoys Netflix’s, graphics design, painting, video editing, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Tim is usually getting ready for the next season but is typically found in front of his computer editing videos and designing new graphics, or maybe just binge-watching Netflix.
Meet Our 2019 Guide Team
Nate Chandler will be joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He is from the metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Nate says, “Yes, Minnesota is basically a barren tundra of ice, nine out of the twelve months.” Nate will graduate from Hennepin technical college with an associate degree in Architecture Technology spring of 2018. He enjoys hiking, camping, exploring, and playing soccer. Nate won an all-star award in a national soccer tournament, has a citizen’s award from his local police department, and makes videos about himself and the Bible to post to his YouTube channel N8 Chandelier.
His hope for this summer is that God would use him to lead others to Christ by teaching him to be an example of Christ in everything he does. If Nate loves two things, they would be Jesus Christ and the great outdoors. Serving with Journey Quest combines both into one.
Jennifer Rhoades will be joining the Journey Quest team for her first season this summer. She is from Clever, Missouri but has completed her first year of college in Canon City, Colorado with the Worldview program through Trinity University. She plans on pursuing a major in outdoor leadership and recreation and minoring in counseling in the fall. Jen has loved all the outdoor opportunities that Colorado brings. Hiking, camping, reading, running, biking, coffee, and making random, urgent trips to Walmart for ice cream are just a few of her favorite things. She also thoroughly enjoys consuming cheese on a regular basis and having people make her laugh until she’s on the floor having trouble breathing.
Jen is excited to see how God will stretch and grow her this summer. God has already grown her so much this past year through some great people and challenged her faith in ways she couldn’t have imagined. As she takes this leap of faith into the next chapter of life, she trusts that this is exactly where God wants her. Jen is most excited about being trained in rafting and gaining some awesome new friendships this summer.
Brooke Martin will be joining Journey Quest for her first summer this year. Brooke, originally from Colorado Springs, attends Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction majoring in nursing- and loves it immensely. She is passionate about health care and teaching others how to take care of their bodies. Her dream is to live in a tiny house someday (!!) and be a travel nurse. She helps lead Wyld Life in Grand Junction and is looking forward to camp this summer with her middle school girls. Some of Brooke’s favorite things are ukulele jam sessions, photography, hiking, backpacking, and summer. She is also only slightly obsessed with tea, fruit, and pancakes.
Brooke is passionate about the outdoors and believes God created the whole world for us to explore. Brooke says, “I really felt God calling me into a year of adventure- and now I see what He means!” She is excited to take this next leap of faith as she trusts that this is exactly where God wants her this summer. She is most looking forward to being trained as a raft guide, playing outside all summer, and developing new friendships. She is eager to meet you and show you around her beautiful Colorado backyard!
Mattie Lee Guillory
Mattie Lee Guillory is here for her first summer as staff! Volunteering in her free time last summer, she fell in love with the community and ministry that is Journey Quest. She is joining Margaret as an Office Guide for the company and is looking forward to meeting you when you book with us and join us on the river!
She is originally from central Texas but moved to Cañon City, Colorado to attend the College Freshman year theology program, Worldview at The Abbey in 2016. She still resides here today because of the incredible community she found in the church and people. She works in construction and spends her free time reading, writing, climbing, hiking, snowboarding in the winter, playing guitar, piano, and singing. She is proficient in the language of sarcasm and the art of laughing too much. She is passionate about getting to know the people God places in her life and showing them the love of Christ!
Mattie Lee is excited to spend the summer with the Journey Quest family pursuing and proclaiming God’s truth and beauty while serving alongside fellow outdoor and Jesus lovers!
Jake Murphy is joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He is from Lake City, Colorado where he learned to love the outdoors through his dad and godbrothers. He now attends Western State Colorado University and is pursuing a major in Business Administration and Environmental Sustainability. Jake grew up in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and has loved being outside his entire life. Some of Jake’s favorites things to do are running, hiking, and scouting when hunting season rolls around. Jake is looking forward to being on the river or near one for most of the days this summer and to have an impact on the people around him.
Jake is looking forward to seeing how God will change his life through Journey Quest. God has played a major roll in Jake’s life throughout his time, but he feels like this opportunity will allow him to grow even closer to the God that has created all. Jake is excited to be a river-guide, backpacking guide, and to share his experiences with people around him.